The season 4 premiere of "American Horror Story" is months on the horizon, but the stars of the hit anthology series are already expressing their excitement for the unknown terror that is to come.
It was announced on March 24 by series creator Ryan Murphy that the next season of the show will be titled "Freak Show." Like the past seasons "Coven," "Asylum" and "Murder House," "Freak Show" will serve as a stand-alone concept season, featuring several actors who have starred in past seasons as new characters.
Details for the upcoming season are scarce. However, it is said to take place in Jupiter, Florida during the 1950s, with leading lady Jessica Lange portraying a German ex-patriot who manages one of the last freak shows in the United States.
"Coven" stars Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Frances Conroy are set to return to the series, while Emma Roberts, Denis O'Hare and Jamie Brewer are reportedly in talks to return.
At a recent PaleyFest event celebrating "American Horror Story," presented by the Paley Center For Media, cast members spoke to OTRC.com about what they loved the most during season 3, "Coven," why the show has struck a chord with fans and what they're excited to see happen with "Freak Show."
Watch interviews with the cast of "American Horror Story" above, as well as 8 highlights and additional interviews below.
1. Sarah Paulson knows what her character is for "Freak Show," but it may change.
"Sometimes I know some things that are coming. I don't know everything that's coming, I do have an idea about what I'm playing and I can't tell you anything about it and I also think it could change. You know, they're writing it now and I think sometimes they get in that writer's room and they're like, 'This doesn't work,' and something goes away and now I'm doing something entirely different."
2. Angela Bassett is returning for "Freak Show," even though she might get nightmares.
"It was exciting. You know, I had to jump in and catch up, with the other two seasons, and it was exciting, it was scary, I had to watch it only at noon, in the light of day because I'd have nightmares at night. But, it was wonderful, especially and tremendously so because I got to work with Kathy Bates so, so closely and I've been such a great fan of hers from years. And of course Jessica [Lange], our queen B, and all the ladies so, those who were doing it and those who are just coming through, it was just a great mix and a great storyline."
3. Emma Roberts recalls joining "Coven" and the frenzy surrounding the show.
"I've been a fan of 'American Horror Story' since the first episode, so to get to be on this third season it was just such a dream come true and I couldn't believe the kind of phenomenon that revolves around it and interacting with all the fans, it's so crazy how much people love the show and for me it's cool because I'm just as big of a fan."
4. Denis O'Hare will do anything Ryan Murphy says to be a part of "Freak Show."
"We never know when we say yes to a job what's going to happen and I remember when Ryan [Muprhy] first called me up back before the first season ... it's a leap of faith you just go in for it and I think he's such a creative guy and I love his kind of nerve and I thought, 'I wanna be a part of that.' And I still feel that way in the three seasons that we've done and I'd love to be a part of the upcoming season."
5. Gabourey Sidibe says every girl wants to be a witch like in "Coven."
"I think that every little girl has grown up wanting to be a witch, whether a bad witch or a good witch, you want to be able to think and blow somebody's head off, because it's convenient. So, I think that sort of connects from the fan to the show because there's this thing where, I would love to be able to do that and I would love to be able to find out what it is about me that's so special, because everyone has their own special, specific power and I think that everyone in the world is sort of searching for their own specific power, whether it's magical or something like your talent. I think that's really what connects people."
6. Evan Peters says it's the show's acting talent that keeps fans wanting more.
"It's just the level of talent involved in the show and just the scope of it. I mean there's so many talented actors and actresses on the show. It was amazing to work with all of them."
7. Jamie Brewer doesn't know if she's in "Freak Show," but she's game!
"That I don't know, but I hope. That's a question for Ryan Murphy."
8. Frances Conroy researched famous fashion icons for her "Coven" role.
"She was an interesting character and Ryan said he wanted me to sound like Diana Vreeland, so I went and watched the movie that was made about her a thousand times and look like Grace Coddington, so there were these two tremendous women to use as sort of a starting point and it was a very interesting game to be playing over six months, to just see where that person would hop around and find her way."
Reporting by Jason Marshall, production assistant for the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.